It was a good story while it lasted: A 15-year-old boy discovered a lost city by theorizing that a modern star map would correlate with ancient Maya settlements. It seemed to fit the common understanding of the Maya as peaceful stargazers, centuries ahead of their time in astronomical observation and deeply mystical. It only makes sense they’d plan their cities to align with constellations.
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Just as we have on previous Memorial Days, my wife and I will play taps Monday in a small-town cemetery.
Get over it, #NeverTrumpers. No amount of praying for a political unicorn to inhabit Bill Kristol’s www.renegadeparty.com can overcome the cruel logic of the electoral calendar, with its expired filing deadlines and hopelessly uphill signature-gathering requirements. There’s only one non-Republican or Democratic entity likely to be on the ballot in all 50 states come November, and that’s the Libertarian Party, which selects its presidential nominee in Orlando next weekend.
The contest to be the Democratic presidential nominee hit an ugly new low last weekend, when Nevada supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders reportedly threw chairs and made threats against a senior state party official after 64 Sanders delegates were disqualified at the state convention. Sanders said he does not support violence, but there are now worries the party’s convention in Philadelphia could face similar incidents.
Having seen “The Three Faces of Eve” and “Sybil,” I imagine Donald J. Trump reclining comfortably in a state of mild hypnosis. “I’d like to speak with John Miller now,” the psychiatrist intones.
At this point, the best thing Bernie Sanders supporters can probably do for his reputation is to vote against him in the remaining primaries and caucuses.
In his recent book, “The Math Myth: And Other STEM Delusions,” political scientist Andrew Hacker argues, among other things, that we should not require high school students to take algebra.
The political earthquake now shaking the pillars of the Republican Party throws into stark relief what is unique about campaign 2016 — that the fault-line is not the typical polar clash of left vs. right, but a far more fundamental up-down cleavage between rank-and-file Americans and the power elite.
Ray Fair of Yale University says that if his election-forecasting model is correct, the Republican nominee is likely to win the presidency by a convincing margin. John Sides of George Washington University agrees; the “fundamentals,” he says, give the Republican about a 60 percent chance of winning. Alan Abramowitz of Emory University gives Republicans a solid shot at the White House too; his model gives the GOP the edge — but in “a very close election.”
President Barack Obama’s communications strategists found a perfect tool to distract the public in recent days: Bathrooms. And who can use which ones.
According to custom, the government and opposition benches in the British House of Commons are separated by a length equivalent to “two swords and one inch.”
In January, Donald Trump had this to say when he was asked about whether he would release his tax returns: “I have very big returns, as you know, and I have everything all approved and very beautiful and we’ll be working that over in the next period of time.”
If Steve Martin made a reboot of “L.A. Story,” the 1991 send-up of the city’s cultural absurdities, there would have to be a scene at Cafe Gratitude. The mini-chain of vegan restaurants offers patrons sandwiches on gluten-free amaranth and millet buns, a $25 probiotic shot, and an array of entrees and smoothies with names that are already parodies of themselves. On my first visit to one location, I felt silly ordering I Am Incredible, a smoothie made with kale, coconut milk, hempseeds, almond butter, maca, banana and vanilla bean. The server returned with the concoction, placed it before me, and said, “You Are Incredible” as he looked earnestly into my eyes.
You may not like President Obama’s political philosophy or leadership style, but you have to admit that he is one cool president.
Donald Trump on Tuesday became the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, winning the Indiana primary and knocking rivals Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio out of the contest. He promised to unify Republicans even as many senior party members vowed never to support him.